Back to school: TRU classes in full swing

By James Peters
September 7, 2016 - 2:50pm Updated: September 7, 2016 - 5:41pm

KAMLOOPS — Classes began yesterday in the public school system began yesterday, but for students at Thompson Rivers University, today is the big day.

Dean of Students Christine Adam says welcome activities are taking place all week, culminating with the traditional barbecue hosted by the TRU Students' Union on Friday.

"The Students' Union brings all sorts of folks onto campus for our steudents to connect with. From local businesses, to social services agencies, university services as well there are some bands playing," explained Adams.

Enrollment at TRU is predicted to be up slightly this year, at about 7200 students on campus, and at least that many taking courses online.

Registrar Mike Bluhm says that's positive, considering demographics show fewer and fewer students graduating from high school every year across the country.

"We don't expect that demographic pace to pick up for another few years yet. With numbers of school-aged children declining, we are doing an excellent job to maintain enrollement where we are, and even see it increase a little bit," said Bluhm.

Bluhm adds nearly one quarter of the students on campus this year will be international students.

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